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Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated - Issue #9

Good morning my friends, welcome to another beautiful day in the Pacific NW. This Sunday, the sun is
Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated
Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated - Issue #9
By Kris Vockler • Issue #9 • View online
Good morning my friends, welcome to another beautiful day in the Pacific NW. This Sunday, the sun is truly shining and - wow - is it beautiful. May it be as as beautiful where you are. Today we dive into the topics of Buddhist philosophy and self-deception, air traffic controllers, two new books just finished (one on business strategy and one on how to focus in a busy world.) Enjoy!

the putt on Vimeo © Kris Vockler
the putt on Vimeo © Kris Vockler
Video above I made last spring, I wish for spring to hurry up and get here. Enjoy!
Curious Stories from the Week
This is a deep and heady essay (3000+ words) on Buddhism and self-deception. A worthy read, Buddhist or not, which jumps into a small survey of the biggest historical minds who pondered self-deception, and how Buddhism has dealt with it. The main point, which is the most interesting:
In other words, the human person is a process, not a thing
Air traffic controllers, and their process, have always amazed me. [ABC News] They have to be 100% accurate in what they do or people die.
While most of the world would be happy with 99% accuracy, the 1% for an air traffic controller could mean of the 87,000+ flights handled in the US on a given day, 870 flights could be lost. They can’t work with 99%, this is why they strive with everything they have for 100%.
Book Notes
Good Strategy/Bad Strategy, re-read under new context, not a step-by-step book but an outstanding book by which examples will show you your next steps in setting great strategy. Not just for business! Written with business stories but very applicable to setting your personal vision/strategy.
Make Time by Knapp & ZeratskyA very funny yet very powerful little book on How to Focus on What Matters Every Day. As told from two guys who designed and know all too well how and why app designers and companies vie for our attention. This book is full of practical things you can do to ensure you have the right focus on what you want and not get sucked down in the “infinity pools” of email, apps, clicks, and other’s agendas.
Simplifying down my smartphone to not have social media and other infinity pools is one of the most profound steps I have ever taken.
Until I turned off notifications from my email app on my phone, I was receiving over 405 (not kidding - spam, newsletters, emails, game notices and other app notices) notifications a day from that one app alone. Those are “dings” and “bells” going off 405 times a day for just that app. 90% of the time I glance at the phone to see if the email is important. That’s 350+ moments I’m pulled from what I’m doing. Which equates to 20-30 accumulated minutes a day of deciding if I should open the phone. 38 times it was important, which results in about 3 hours of time from 5am to 9pm that I’m answering email on my phone. Not including the full hour I spend in the morning and evening clearing out what is and isn’t important so I can keep on top of as clean an inbox as possible. Shocking? Maybe you should analyze your day. So I asked, could I stick to the hour in the morning and evening to sort, delete, and answer email? 95% of the time, I could and do. I added a 20-30 minute sort, delete, answer method around lunch time.
What was around 5 hours a day answering and dealing with email is now a purposeful 2.5 hours a day. More important, by dumbing my phone down, I cut 405 moments from my life that pulled me from focus and many times resulted in senseless time on my smartphone. That is the key, holding focus on what matters most. Shocking!
What else am I allowing to pull my focus? Clickbait I saw while answering an important email? TV on in the background for no reason? A game on my smartphone? And this is just one tip from this great book that seeks to help you focus on what matters and not be tired at the end of the day. I should add that I’ve also cleared newsletter subscriptions that do not matter anymore and any other bits that are useless. I hope to reduce 405 significantly but then again, I turned off the notifications, I’ll never hear them or feel the familiar “buzz” again. :)
Quote I’m Pondering
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” ~ Steve Jobs
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What’s with the name, Sunday Roast and Stories Mindfully Curated? Sunday is a good day to do a weekly review. A time to take stock in the past week and get ready for the next. Which is always done with a fine coffee beverage, hence the Roast part. Through the week I share articles and stories that mattered in the long-run, not bits that are of pop culture or political. My goal is always to seek information that is as unbiased as possible, interesting, or enriching. In other words, Mindfully Curated for you.
Some of the links in this newsletter are connected to affiliate marketing links, by which I get a small commission if you click through and buy the book or item from my link. No extra cost to you. All proceeds go to my off-road rally team of which, excess funds go to charity.
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Kris Vockler

Sunday Roast | Curious Stories Mindfully Curated. A Sunday newsletter of interesting stories curated for you on photography, leadership, courage, books, and other important items (like some philanthropy, a little offroad driving, and some environment). All meant to inspire and inform.

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